AMREF Flying Doctors, a provider of fixed–wing air ambulance services in Africa, has added a pre-owned Cessna Citation Sovereign to its existing Cessna Citation aeromedical aircraft fleet. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya and start lifesaving operations in September 2021.
“The Cessna Sovereign was an easy choice for AMREF Flying Doctors when looking to expand our aviation capability and capacity, so as to support our international, long distance air ambulance operations,” says Mike Black, COO for AMREF Flying Doctors. “Patient care and comfort is key to maintaining our internationally recognised aeromedical service levels, which are perfectly addressed by the Cessna Sovereign's cabin and its operating capabilities. In addition to acquiring the right aircraft, Textron Aviation did everything to assist with reconfiguring the aircraft for its dedicated air ambulance role at its Orlando, Florida service centre as quickly and professionally as possible.”
Textron VP of special mission sales Bob Gibbs adds: “Continuing to be the supplier of choice for air ambulance emergency services in Africa is testament to the Cessna Citation's performance, especially when each minute matters. The spacious cabin of the Sovereign comfortably accommodates a multiple stretcher system and the necessary additional onboard medical staff. The Sovereign's range increases the AMREF Flying Doctor's nonstop reach throughout Africa, Europe and Asia.”
To enhance the aircraft's low fixed costs of operation, accurately budget for maintenance costs and save with long-term aircraft value protection, AMREF Flying Doctors selected Textron Aviation's ProParts programme to cover the airframe systems and avionics parts required for line, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
AMREF is a leading provider in fixed wing air ambulance operations in Africa, Europe and Asia. Serving the aeromedical transport industry for more than 60 years, it has been a long time operator of Beechcraft and Cessna fixed-wing aircraft. The organisation has a worldwide reach and is based at and operates from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.
“We are honoured that AMREF Flying Doctors has selected the Citation Sovereign to add long range medevac capability to its fleet,” states Jim Evans, CEO of Africair, Textron’s exclusive authorised sales representative for Africa. “It was a pleasure working with the professionals at AMREF Flying Doctors and Textron Aviation to create a customised medical evacuation configured aircraft that will expand and enhance AMREF's life saving operations. Africair and Textron Aviation are committed to providing excellent customer support, and we will work diligently to ensure that the Citation Sovereign exceeds AMREF Flying Doctor's expectations.”